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  #77 Science fiction, science fact
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Lighted Pickles on a Plate       ©2010 Mepo
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       2nd place, 164 points
2s, f5.6, ISO 80, 158mm, Aperture Priority, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Area sharpening, cloned part from second shot, resize, USM       Extra Info: Line voltage through the pickles makes them light up. Steam from bottom pickle obscures one end. Several pickles were consumed in the course of this experiment.
 
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boar76
Mar 30, 2010
    I really hope You win next time!
Emh...If You want to stay near my back...Please...
Leave at home any kind of vegetables like pickles,zucchini,bananas and so on! :-)))))) LOL!!!!
I'm too silly!!!

Mepo
Mar 30, 2010
    Brett - Thanks - Yes it's full (insane)steam ahead - 115 Volts. I was a bit worried about what would happen at first but it is a very sedate process.

Alberto mon ami. Don't sweat it - I understood your comment perfectly, have had the same reaction to other photos myself:-) and congratulations on your terrific shot - I knew it would be #1 and voted it there myself.

boar76
Mar 30, 2010
    Yes dear friend,I saw your comment! :-)))

For this caption:....Unfortunately my bad english doesn't allow me to explain exactly what are my thoughts...Your pic isn't unpleasant!
I see You composed the scene and tried to render this great idea!
...It's the subject that is too strange!Perhaps the contrast
is too scanty...I really don't know!...But It's only my taste! :-))

Brett
Mar 30, 2010
    Just wanted to clarify that it was also my no 1 once I realised it was a science fact - even more so! Thanks Mepo.

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Brett
Mar 29, 2010
    This was my no 1 when I thought the light was in PP. Now that I realise its for real I am again amazed how reality is stranger than sci fi.
Have you got the mains running thru these things or is it a more sane voltage?

Mepo
Mar 29, 2010
    Billy: So happy you liked it - thanks very much for the big vote! I hope you being on line means your computer problems are solved. Slainte.

dodrizzt
Mar 29, 2010
    My face got a great :-O (oooohhh!!!) when I saw this pic... not only great colours, but also great for the theme and an freaky and impressive experiment. Stunning!!!
My #1 fav no doubt and probably the best for the theme in the whole challenge, greatly done!!!

Mepo
Mar 29, 2010
    Edward - Thanks for the comment - it's when the pickles start to scream that it really gets into the good doctor's realm :-)

Edward48
Mar 29, 2010
    Real Dr Frankenstein stuff this. And very well done too. A good fit to the theme.

Mepo
Mar 29, 2010
    Alberto - I'm devastated :-( but thanks for the 4 and your honesty. Perhaps you perceive the pain of the pickles?
I will have to zap them with your plasma and launch them into hyperspace down your tunnel LOL I stated out to make a chandelier of pickles but it went downhill from there:-)
p.s. I hope you saw my late comment in Golden Hour:-)
Edited on Mar 29, 2010

boar76
Mar 29, 2010
    ...honestly I don't like this shot...Don't know why...
But 4 place for diligence and innovation!
...It's an hard subject to photograph!

Mepo
Mar 28, 2010
    Amberbug. Many thanks for your vote. Happy you liked it. I would love to hear or see some outtakes if anyone else tries this out.

Mepo
Mar 28, 2010
    Franz - Glad you liked it. I've listed the method in a previous reply in case you want to try it with your kids. It's a lot of fun. Pushing the nails in lengthwise gave the most light -( I also tried pushing them in across the width of the pickle). I used 5cm nails but would try longer ones next time. As Jade noted the only real change of state was the steam that the process provided. My apologies to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Pickles - they did not suffer in vain LOL
Edited on Mar 28, 2010

Franz07
Mar 27, 2010
    WOW! This is really funny! Perfectly on theme.
A very good finding for the challenge. The idea is top!

Mepo
Mar 27, 2010
    eliot - This was my son's idea, he had heard of this being done so we went to work experimenting. I used a power bar with its own ground fault protector and used a full face mask at the start as we had no idea what would happen.

We inserted nails into the pickles and soldered wire to the ends. We fired them in series and in parallel but the series did not light up the second or third pickle. A dinner plate was our non-conductive surface and it was soon covered in pickle juice.

When you turn the power on it takes a while for the pickles to heat up and then they shoot steam out of one end (this caused the nail to move in the lower pickle as you can see). Then they light up and it is most satisfying.

The main illumination is from the pickle lights but I did leave the overhead room light on to provide some detail in the shadows. Camera on a tripod (of course) and focus fixed. I can't remember if I used aperture priority or complete manual exposure.

Lots of fun - very entertaining - highly recommended.

Amberbug
Mar 26, 2010
    Great picture, never heard of this before, in my top 5

elliott
Mar 26, 2010
    have never seen this done. what is the story.

Mepo
Mar 26, 2010
    Jade: Come on - change of state from pickle juice to light too :-) From the 'Don't try this at home series' (like all things interesting). Glad you liked it - I intend to try it again with longer nails in an attempt to light up more of the pickle. Appreciate your comment.
Edited on Mar 26, 2010

Jade O.
Mar 25, 2010
    I like this one so much, I'm qualifying it because you've got some change of state (liquid to gas) happening at the end of the pickle! My No. 2
Edited on Mar 26, 2010
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